Obituaries 06-30-2016

Richard Kirby Connor

Retired Revere teacher; member of Winthrop Elks and Winthrop K of C

Richard Kirby Connor of Winthrop died on June 25 at the age of 74.

A retired Middle School Teacher for the City of Revere for 32 years, he was a longtime member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, a lifetime member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078 and a longtime member of the Winthrop Knights of Columbus Council #162.

He was the beloved husband of Janis L. (DeRoo) Connor; devoted father of Jocelyn E. Connor and Paul K. “Pete” Connor and his wife, Georgeanne Connor, all of Winthrop; brother of the late Paul C. Connor, formerly of New Hampshire and the cherished grandfather of Haley, Richard and Paul Jr.

His funeral will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop today, Thursday, June 30 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church-Winthrop, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will follow in Winthrop Cemetery, Belle Isle section. For guestbook and directions, please visit

Carl Colson

GE retiree; Honorary Life Member of Winthrop Elks

Carl Colson, a longtime Winthrop resident, passed away on June 14 after a long illness. He was 76 years old.

Born in Great Falls, NY, the loving son of the late Leonard and Jean Colson, he was raised in Chicago where he attended public schools. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1963. He was employed by the General Electric Company until his retirement.

Carl was an Honorary Life Member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks and along with his best friend the late John Heatherton he was instrumental in operating the lodge’s Friday night dinners which have become a favorite for the members over the years.

He was the devoted husband of Beverly (Falabella) Colson of Winthrop and dear friend of Mary Heatherton of Winthrop. He is also survived by two brothers, Lance Colson of Arizona and Steve Davis of Chicago. He was the loving brother of the late Bob, Donald and Sue of Wisconsin and by several nieces and nephews. He also leaves his favorite pet, “Pebbles.”

Funeral services were conducted at the Joseph B. Frazier Funeral Home, 174 Winthrop St., Winthrop on June 18 with the Rev. Walter Connelly, pastor of Saint John’s Episcopal Church. as officiant. Interment was private.

The family has requested that expressions of sympathy in Carl’s memory be donated to the Viking Pride Foundation, 90 Cross St., Winthrop, MA 02152 or to a charity of your choice.

Mary Russell-Walsh

Retired claims processor for the State of Massachusetts

Mary M. Russell-Walsh of Peabody, formerly of Winthrop, passed away at the Brooksby Village in Peabody on June 22. She was 95 years old.

Born in Roxbury, the beloved daughter of the late Mary (Devereaux) and James Costigan, she was a longtime resident of Winthrop and has been a resident at Brooksby Village for over nine years. Prior to her retirement, she worked as a claims processor for the State of Massachusetts.

She was the devoted wife of the late James T. Russell and William Walsh; the loving mother of James F. Russell and his wife, Elaine of Colorado, Richard L. Russell and his wife, Nancy of New Jersey, Rosemary Russell of Colorado, Robert J. Russell and his wife, Judy of Groton, Pat Shaneck and her husband, Mark of Wakefield and Susan Deleamont and her husband, Phil of Switzerland; dear sister of Sr. Rosemary Costigan, DOC of Maryland and the late Sarah “Sally” Keaveney. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

The funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 28followed by a funeral mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. Rev. Peter Graziano celebrated the mass and offered prayers at the interment in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Brooksby Village, Staff Appreciation Fund, 100 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody MA 01960 or to The Daughters of Charity, Province of St. Louise, 4330 Olive Street, St. Louis, Missouri,63108-2622. To sign the online guestbook go to

Paul Bennett

Fought long battle with Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy

Paul J. Bennett of Everett, formerly of East Boston, died on June 24 at the age of 44 after a long and courageous battle with Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy.

He was the beloved son of Marie Bennett (Kitchel) of East Boston; dear brother of John Bennett and his wife, Melissa of Salem, NH; cherished grandson of Ida Femino of East Boston and adored uncle of John, Jacob and Jordan. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be held in celebration of Paul’s life on Saturday July 2 at Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston at NOON. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Arrangements are under the professional care of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. East Boston. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit

Josephine Milano

Of East Boston

Josephine A. Milano of Sumner Street, East Boston passed away at the Eastpointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chelsea on June 28. She was 98 years old.

Born in East Boston, the beloved daughter of the late Carmella (DiPaulo) and Paul Scopa, she was the devoted wife of the late Anthony Ventresco and Philip Milano; the loving mother of the late Janice Marsinelli, Philip Milano and Anthony Ventresco; dear sister of the late James and Roland Scopa, Marie Fratto and Elvira Reale; cherished grandmother of Jodi Bradbury and her husband, George of Salem, Terri Soroka of Texas and Philip Milano, Jr. and great grandmother of Joseph Marsinelli and Talia Lassiter.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home on Friday, July 1 from 9 to 11 a.m. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home following the visitation at 11 a.m. Committal will be private.  For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to

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